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Category Archives: Fiction Furbaby

Fiction Furbaby includes background and stories about pets in fiction, a cover, blurb, buy links, and author social media. It also has a section for shapeshifters used to introduce the animal side of the character and provides a shout out to animal rescue organizations.

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Gump from Ask Me To Game by Zoe Forward @AuthorZForward @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsZoe Forward, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Ask Me To Game by Zoe Forward

Genre: Contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Emma Duarte just volunteered to be the ultimate badass. She agreed to try out for an elite eGaming team to draw out the criminal mastermind behind the dangerous, illegal underworld of video gaming. The problem? She doesn’t know jack about the game she has to pose as an expert of. What makes it worse? The guy hired to train her on the game is her brother-in-law (not the one married to her sister, but his older brother). Oh, did she forget to mention the ill-advised one-night-stand with him after her sister’s wedding?

Michael Harrison loves seeing straitlaced Emma off-kilter. Sure, she rebuffs him every chance she gets, but that just makes it more challenging—and fun. But at the end of the day, the goal is to get her on the Dynasty eGaming team and catch a criminal. Michael already lost his brother to this underworld, and he won’t lose Emma too.

Meet Gump from Ask Me To Game

Full name: Gump

Gender: Male

Species: Labrador Retriever

Physical description: Yellow, English variety (got the big blocky head)

Relationship to main character: Seizure alert service dog; alerts the hero (Michael) when he is about to have a seizure

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: none

Where this furbaby came from: Service training organization that matched him with Michael

Do you have any working or service animals in your stories? Tell us about them.

YES! Gump is a seizure alert service dog who alerts the hero, Michael, when he is about to have a seizure. Since he entered Michael’s life he has made a huge impact on reducing the number of epileptic seizures Michael had by prompting Michael to medicate before the seizure hits. This means Gump goes where Michael goes. In our story, Michael has been hired to train the heroine in playing a video game that he used to play competitively online.

What inspired you to create this character?

As a veterinarian, I remain awed by my service dog patients who assist their person with dignity, quiet poise and devotion. I have now met and treated two seizure alert dogs over the years who absolutely won my heart not only by how their presence has entirely changed their person’s life, but also their beautiful demeanors and dedication. One was a black Labrador who helped an eight year-old epileptic—went to school with him and everywhere in his kid’s life. He remained focused on his job even when limping with a broken toe and through a horrendous bilateral ear infection.

I must also say that I named him Gump as a tribute to one of my all time favorite patients who had cancer but I swear it wasn’t only the anti-cancer herbs that kept him alive for 1.5 years beyond what we expected. It was his optimistic, loving attitude, and his incredible family’s love for him. Positive attitude and love go so far.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

Gump is not just critical to his health, but he’s also Michael’s best bud. I’m not saying he’s Scooby Doo and they eat all kinds of weird food, but they do everything together and in the low moments of his life, he’s the one who’s there.

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

Gump’s a working dog which means he’s not generally friendly to everybody. He respects other people but he’s on duty all the time. The one person he warms up to almost immediately is our heroine. Maybe that’s because Michael’s got a thing for her, but Gump trusts her right away.

What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?

This guy’s in the bed or on the sofa when he’s not on duty. No outdoors for him. As an alert dog he’s by his person at all times.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

He’s got the heart of a hero, a characteristic that explodes at exactly the right moment to save the day, or the heroine as it so happens.

About Shelby (personal pet)

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Gump from Ask Me To Game by Zoe Forward @AuthorZForward @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsBreed: Labrador Retriever

Age: 11 yrs

Gender: Female

This post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

To date I have not used any of my own pets in my writing. Each of our dogs is a unique goof. Since I’m a veterinarian I have met so many charismatic pets that if and when I have a pet in one of my novels, I’ve got a lot of sparkling personalities to choose from.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

The cats (there are 4 of them) are often walking across the keyboard or trying to sit in my seat at the same time as me when not batting around a LEGO mini-figure head or tearing apart my toddler’s newest craft project. The dogs sit on their beds staring at me. If I move they jump up. Then I think they need out, but usually they just want a treat. And those sad eyes usually earn them one.

What do you feed your pet?

I do a combination of Grandma Lucy’s freeze dried and high quality kibble (I do vary the kibble brand).

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Shelby has some vision issues so shiny floors give her the willies. She’s not really a toy dog, but what’s her favorite are the areas rugs that she travels between to move about the house. She’s given many of them love bites in the corners, which is one of her nervous habits.

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Gump from Ask Me To Game by Zoe Forward @AuthorZForward @RobsRescues #RLFblog #Pets

Where to buy Ask Me To Game

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084F3C4HP/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ask-me-to-game-zoe-forward/1136303408
iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1497441338
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ask-me-to-game

Zoe Forward Social Media

Zoe Forward might admit to you she’s almost prepared for the zombie apocalypse before the fact she writes contemporary and paranormal romances. She’s a board-certified veterinarian. You can ask her about your pet’s problem, but be warned she’s into integrative medicine so her answer might involve treatments you’ve never heard of. You can find her residing in the south with the love of her life, a menagerie of four-legged beasts and two wild kids.
Website http://www.zoeforward.com
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Zoe-Forward/e/B00AESQL24
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column. Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting. Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Dublin from Fated Hearts by Becky Flade @beckyflade @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsBecky Flade, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about Fated Hearts.

Fated Hearts by Becky Flade

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

Psychiatrist Henley Elliott fled her quiet life in Cleveland for a gypsy lifestyle, trying to stay one step ahead of her painful memories. When she breaks down in quirky little Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota, she meets Sheriff Carter McAlister – a man healing from his own share of hidden heartbreaks.

At the request of a friend, Carter offers Henley a job to help her get back on her feet . . . but soon he can’t resist trying to sweep the intriguing woman off them. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and to make matters worse, a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. They must learn to trust in each other in order to keep her safe.

Can Henley and Carter leave their secrets and scars in the past to get a second chance at happily ever after?

Meet Dublin from Fated Hearts

Full name: Dublin

Nickname: Stupid

Gender: Male

Species: German Shepherd

Physical description: Black and tan

Relationship to main character: Best friend

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Obstacle

Where this furbaby came from: The streets

What inspired you to create this character?

My dog, Ella, passed away from cancer shortly before I began working on the initial draft of Fated Hearts. Dublin, the hero’s dog and best friend, is a tribute to my sweet, silly girl who we often referred to as Stupid.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

He loves his dog. They have their own back story and it’s an important moment in the book when Carter shares that story with Henley, I don’t want to spoil it.

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

Dublin is well loved by all the characters in the book, except the villain of course.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

Dublin is the only reminder of Carter’s past life that he brings with him when he starts over in Trappers’ Cove because Dublin is the reason Carter has that second chance.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

Dublin is allowed to explore the rural/forestry area surrounding Carter’s home, but on one such outing, he chases skunk(s) and Carter finds him doused in “perfume.”

About Ella

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Dublin from Fated Hearts by Becky Flade @beckyflade @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsThis post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

Dublin’s personality is based upon my Ella’s.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

She would always bump my elbow popping my arm up in the air, and then she’d slide her head under so when my arm fell it would land around her neck.

What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?

A chicken. I brought a baby chick home to Philadelphia from my grandparent’s farm in rural West Virginia. It wasn’t a good fit. J

Where did you find your pet?

I adopted Ella. She was a rescue.

What do you feed your pet?

She liked Beneful

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Pillows. She loved to curl up and nap on pillows of any shape and size. She didn’t know she was an 86 pound warhorse. She thought she was a tiny little lapdog.

Where to buy Fated Hearts

Publisher Tirgearr Publishing http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Flade_Becky/fated-hearts.htm

Amazon https://www.amzn.com/B07XWHFJMJ

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fated-hearts-becky-flade/1122540992?ean=2940163336050

iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/fated-hearts/id1480010829

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/fated-hearts-5

Smashwords  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/958283

Becky Flade Social Media

When I was little, I thought everyone had stories in their head. I didn’t find out that wasn’t the case until kindergarten. I remember thinking that was sad; and that I should share the ones I had. I asked my teacher for help. I had her cut, fold and staple the paper into a suspiciously book-like shape. Then I drew the cover art and illustrated the interior pages. Finally, and most importantly, I dictated the text. And violà … a writer was born.
It took thirty years for me to get from that first attempt to published author. I think the road thus far has added some depth and experience to my writing. At the very least I learned I shouldn’t ever do my own illustrations.
A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my two beautiful daughters and my two grandsons whom make every day a blessing.
Making my own dreams come true, one happily ever after at a time.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

Shout out to Pinups for Pitbulls

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Pinups for Pit Bulls works to reestablish the defamed reputation of pit bull type dogs as America’s premier companion animal, war hero, and therapy dog. Learn more at https://pinupsforpitbulls.org/#

 

Kris Bock, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

He’s loved her forever. She still sees him as the neighbor kid. Can five desperate kittens bring them together?

Marley is a baker at the new Furrever Friends Cat Café, which is still trying to find its footing. Her nine-year-old son, Brian, desperately wants a kitten, but they can’t have pets where they live. Who has the time to date? Just as well that she’s protected her heart since the father of her child disappeared.

Adam has loved Marley since he was 13, and she was his best friend’s free-spirited older sister. Back then, he fantasized about rescuing her from bandits or dragons. Now he’s 24, and the five-year age gap isn’t so serious. He wants nothing more than to become a family with Marley and her son. But will she ever see him as a man?

When someone leaves a box of week-old kittens at the café, Adam jumps at the chance to be a hero. But herding kittens might be tougher than fighting dragons, especially when two of them fail to thrive. Can Adam, Marley, and Brian save the kittens and find a future together?

Meet Merlin from Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café

Full name: Merlin

Nickname: Merlin

Gender: mail

Species: Maine Coon cat

Physical description: big, shaggy, gray

Relationship to main character: Merlin lives at the cat café where Marley is a baker

Where this furbaby came from: he’s a shelter cat looking for his forever home

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

When the story’s lead characters start fostering five struggling kittens, Merlin literally jumps in to help. The kittens see him as their surrogate mama.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

The Cat Café series features lots of shelter cats who live at the café while waiting for adoption. In each book, one or more find their permanent homes. Merlin appeared in the first book as one of many cats named. He quickly developed a distinct personality and became a reader (and author) favorite. He finds his permanent home in book 3, Tea and Temptation at the Cat Café, but I’ll have to bring him back as a regular visitor.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

Maine Coon cats are known for being friendly and loyal, as well as extra-large. Some of them will happily accompany their people on outside activities, either on or off a leash. They’re sort of a blend of a dog and a cat, which makes them perfect for readers and owners who like both. Merlin adores everyone, grown human or child, cat or kitten, and he’s always up for a game or a cuddle.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.

Merlin is something of an escape artist. In the first book in the series, Coffee and Crushes at the Café, main character Kari shows up to her cat café one morning to discover Merlin trapped between the outer and inner door. He opened the inner door but couldn’t unlock the outer door. It’s a reminder of one of the challenges of cat cafés – keeping the cats contained, and especially out of the food prep area.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

In Kittens and Kisses, Merlin escapes the main café room where the cats are supposed to be contained and makes his way to the office. He mews at the door until Marley lets him in and then jumps on the desk and into the box of foster kittens. As Marley notes, he volunteers to be a nanny.

About Panda and Bear

I’m writing a series about a cat café. But I don’t have cats. Huh?

I love cats. I have known cats and enjoyed them in small doses. But tragically, I am very allergic to cats, so I cannot let one keep me as a servant. (I’m getting allergy shots, so maybe that will change in the future. All hail our fluffy overlords!) In the meantime, I will write about a cat cafe, which gives me a chance to look at lots of pictures and videos of adorable cats and kittens.

Instead, my husband and I keep ferrets. They are similar to cats in some ways. When they play, they are as rambunctious as kittens. Like adult cats, they sleep most of the time. Princess Pandemonium (Panda) and Teddy Black Bear (Bear Bear) provide us with lots of amusement, snuggles, and cute photos for social media.

Where to buy Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/author/krisbock
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kris-Bock/e/B006WV4I5O
Universal Amazon link https://geni.us/KrisBock

Kris Bock Social Media

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 50-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter.
Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

 

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsJ Arlene Culiner, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your books.

Romance in Blake’s Folly: Desert Rose and All About Charming Alice by J Arlene Culiner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level: Rl

These two books go together, and dogs play an important role in both — as you can see from the covers.

The setting for both is Blake’s Folly, Nevada, a backwoods community of abandoned clapboard shacks, endless wind, and scraggly vegetation. In All About Charming Alice, Alice, my heroine, is a prickly character who rescues dogs, protects snakes, and actively fights against hideously cruel sports like rattle snake shows. My hero, Jace, an intellectual from Chicago, isn’t crazy about dogs or dog hair, and he hates snakes. Neither Alice nor Jace expect love, with its hesitations, misgivings, and bliss, to come galumphing over the horizon. Of course, before their relationship can work, Jace will have to learn to appreciate snakes — and that won’t be easy.

In Desert Rose, my hero, Jonah Livingstone, spends much of his time out in the open, sighting mule deer, bobcats, spotted bats, sidewinders, rattlers, and little gray lizards. My heroine Rose runs a secondhand dress shop, and the last thing she needs is an animal — what customer will buy clothes covered in dog hair? But when Alice arrives with Noodle, an ugly rescue dog, Rose doesn’t have the courage to hurt the poor beast’s feelings by rejecting him.

Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner

Men love Rose Badger, and if the other inhabitants of this dead-end town don’t approve, she couldn’t care less. With a disastrous marriage far behind her, settling down is out of the question. Isn’t life for fun? Doesn’t a stable relationship mean predictability and boredom? Perhaps things would be different with Jonah Livingstone, but he’s off limits because of a complicated past relationship. Besides, Rose has a secret life, and she’ll never give that up for any man

The last person geologist Jonah Livingstone expects to meet in a semi-ghost town is Rose Badger. She’s easy-going, delightfully spontaneous, and Jonah is certain their attraction is mutual. But Rose is always surrounded by admirers and doesn’t seem inclined to choose a favorite. And does he really want to settle into a permanent relationship?

All About Charming Alice by J Arlene Culiner

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsAlice Treemont has given up all hope of falling in love. Living in a semi-ghost town of old trailers, clapboard shacks, and thirsty weeds, she spends her time cooking vegetarian meals, rescuing unwanted dogs, and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests?

Jace Constant is doing research for his new book, but he won’t be staying long. Blake’s Folly is hell on earth. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes, and dog hair on his cashmere sweaters. As for snakes, he doesn’t only despise them–they terrify him.

So how is it possible that each time Alice and Jace meet, the air sizzles? Still, it looks like this relationship is doomed before it even starts.

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice, and Desert Rose

Nickname: They have no nicknames — but why would they need them with such original monikers?

Gender: Male dogs

Species: A strange mixture of anything that happened to be passing through town

Physical description of Killer

“The dog was large–very large. Its bulbous head seemed to sway on a sagging neck. Its legs were long, knotted, spindly, and its ribs wanted to punch through a dull, ratty-looking coat. Yet, ugly though it was, the damn thing still had appeal.”

Physical description of Noodle

“The creature in question was the size of a very large shepherd, and it had rough unappealing fur of a splotchy beige-ish color. It also had the whiskers of a terrier, pointed ears, a corkscrew tail, and huge hairy paws. It was horribly ugly.”

Killer’s relationship to the main character:

In All About Charming Alice, Killer is the abandoned dog Jace brings to Alice’s dog shelter.

Relationship to main character:

Alice takes Killer in, and he joins all the other abandoned dogs living with her. But she protects snakes, too.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist:

When Alice is aggressed by a man who runs snake shows, Jace, much to his own surprise, comes to her rescue.

Where this furbaby came from:

Killer was found wandering along the desert highway in Nevada

Noodle’s relationship to the main character: In Desert Rose, Noodle is brought to Rose’s secondhand shop by her friend Alice who thinks she needs protection.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: There’s no villain. Jonah loves any animal, and if Rose has adopted a dog, that’s fine with him.

Where this furbaby came from: He was abandoned by a family that no longer wanted him.

What inspired you to create these characters?

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsIn All About Charming Alice, I wanted to present snakes, especially rattlers, in a positive light. I know many people have an instinctive fear of them, but I think that fear can be lessened when learning about such creatures. Unless they are threatened, snakes are certainly not aggressive, and having a herpetologist as my main character was the best way to explain that. We need snakes; they play such an important role in the natural world, yet they are persecuted.

Of course dogs are equally important in my books. I rescue dogs — and snakes, birds, rabbits, mice, snails, or any creature that needs help — and so several creatures always make guest appearances in my tales.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

All my main characters love animals. I wouldn’t really want to write about people who didn’t.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

Animals bring my main characters together.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

Who doesn’t like big, sloppy, affectionate dogs? And the fact that all the dogs in these books are rescue animals, certainly strikes a chord with many readers. As for snakes, I hope people will start to see them in another light.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about one sort of furbaby.

Even though they are loners, snakes meet up with others and spend winters in a hibernaculum or hibernation hole. Baby snakes even follow their mother’s scent to get to these holes. Inside some of the largest hibernacula, you can find hundreds of snakes as well as the other creatures they share the space with, such as tortoises.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

One morning, before Jace knows that Alice is a herpetologist, he goes into her study with the intention of charming her. And just when he’s contemplating bending down to kiss her, he catches sight of a photo on her desk — the photo of a large rattler. All thoughts of seduction disappear, and terrified, he can’t move away quickly enough.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsYou have to know dogs to be able to write about them. My own dogs are former strays. I found Yellow wandering along the road, just like Killer in All About Charming Alice. Virgule was an abandoned dog, just like Noodle in Desert Rose, and he ended up at the local SPA. I fell in love with him immediately because he is just too big, and too cute. I also have two indoor cats Petit Chat and Mocky (my garden is a registered bird and butterfly reserve, so cats can’t go outside and kill things). One cat was abandoned in the middle of the village; the other I adopted from the SPA.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

The dogs all come to where I’m working, lie down around my desk and look sorrowful because I’m not out walking them. The cats drape themselves over my papers and keyboard.

What do you feed your pets?

Dry kibble, but the dogs also love apples, pears, nuts, pumpkin, bread, and anything else tasty.

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Virgule loved chewing and demolishing plastic: electrical plugs, my cell phone, my computer transformer, plastic casing on wiring. Thankfully, as soon as I found Yellow on the road and adopted her, Virgule abandoned plastic.

Where to buy All About Charming Alice or Desert Rose

https://www.amazon.com/author/jarleneculiner-quirky-romances

Publisher: http://prairierosepublications.com/books-view/all-about-charming-alice-romance-in-blakes-folly-book-2/

Publisher: http://prairierosepublications.com/books-view/desert-rose/

J Arlene Culiner Social Media

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column. Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting. Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible. Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

Shout out to SPA and Orangutan Project

From J Arlene Culiner: I have a monthly donation to the SPA here in the Mayenne region of France. This is where I adopt my animals (this is a no kill center). The SPA also runs inexpensive clinics for animals belonging to people with low incomes: La Société Protectrice des Animaux : donateurs@la-spa.fr

I contribute each month to The Orangutan Project. They rescue orangutans that are homeless or dying because of forest destruction: help@orangutan.org.au

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Mike from The Mighty Finn by Holly Bargo @HollyBargoBooks @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsHolly Bargo, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

The Mighty Finn by Holly Bargo

Genre Contemporary

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Meet Mike from The Mighty Finn

Full name: Mickey Finn

Nickname: Finn

Gender: Male

Species: Canine

Physical description: Black and white harlequin Great Dane

Relationship to main character: Pet/savior/confident/protector

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: There really is no one villain in this story

Where this furbaby came from: A breeder

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

All characters in the book interact with Finn. One of the running themes within the story is that wherever Charlotte goes, Finn goes, too. Anyplace Finn isn’t welcome Charlotte doesn’t go.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

One reviewer called The Mighty Finn a combination of two love stories: 1) the relationship between a woman and her dog and 2) the relationship between a woman and a man. That pretty much describes it.

In the story, Charlotte is physically and emotionally scarred from a horrific experience. Finn was crucial in saving her and he continues to protect her from all threats, while serving as her constant companion, emotional support, confidante, and friend. There was a time in my life when the only friends I had were my dog and my horse. Charlotte doesn’t have a horse, but this dog for her is what my dog was for me at that time, only more so.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

I think Finn is the dog we all wish we had, regardless of breed. He’s not perfect—food left on kitchen countertops overcomes his ability to resist it—but he’s totally wonderful as well as housebroken. I have a Great Dane and she’s … well … timid. Finn, however, is utterly devoted to Charlotte, protective of her, and still gentle enough to play with children.

Deceased author Robert B. Parker once described his famous character Spenser as an enhanced version of himself. Spenser ages through the series even as Parker aged in the writing of the books. He said that if he could do A, then Spenser could do A plus 5. In the same manner, Finn is my dog’s A plus 5, very real yet enhanced.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.

A bitch can incubate offspring from two different males at the same time. That’s where Finn’s name comes in, an old fashioned reference of having been slipped a Mickey Finn. Finn’s dam had an oddball puppy in a litter, one obviously sired by a different dog.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

Early in the book when Charlotte and Finn are playing with a Frisbee on the beach, the dog crashes into the romantic hero, Eric. I have long loved Great Danes and currently own one. For supposedly graceful, dignified dogs, they’re often quite goofy and clumsy. In this scene, it wasn’t difficult for me to imagine the big dog at his goofiest paying more attention to the toy than to his environment, making the tangle of man and dog realistic and worth a laugh that could have been viewed on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Of course, Eric at the time reacts badly and doesn’t accept Charlotte’s mortified apology.

About Selina Kyle

This post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

Finn wasn’t really modeled upon a specific pet I had—and the Great Dane I have now hadn’t been born when I wrote this story—but he is based on what I’d imagine the most wonderful Great Dane to be like.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

Depends. I have six cats and one dog. The cats primarily sleep, eat, and antagonize each other. Occasionally, they visit me. The dog sleeps, eats, and constantly wants in or out. Several times a day she begs for attention.

What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?

The most unusual pet I ever had wasn’t really mine. It was more like a family pet: a wild mud puppy. When I was a kid, we had newts. After a few years, they all died. My oldest brother found a salamander-like animal and brought it into the house. We were fascinated and immediately adopted it as a pet. We cuddled with it, fed it insects, and generally treated it like a family member for the next couple of months until a neighbor saw it and informed my mother that it was a mud puppy and poisonous. So, we had to let it go.

Where did you find your pet?

My current dog came to us from a family who decided they no longer wanted a big dog.

My husband, older son, and I had gone out to dinner the night after Thanksgiving when my husband received a text from one of his staff. He could have simply not responded, replied with a “no,” or have declined to mention it to me. But he held up his cell phone and showed me a photo of a black Great Dane whose family wanted to rehome. We were without a dog at that time—and I had no intention of getting another dog. However, he knew I had a soft spot for Great Danes.

To make a long story short, I said we’d take her. That was two years ago. We learned that her first family had adopted her as a tiny puppy. Their son was five years old at the time and a comic book fan. He named her after Catwoman.

What do you feed your pet?

Selina gets better quality kibble. I make an effort to avoid feeding her anything with wheat, corn, or soy, because dogs don’t digest those ingredients well.

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Selina has one toy, a rope tug toy. We’ve tried enticing her with other toys, like rawhide bones, but she has no interest in them. She won’t play tug-of-war with her tug toy, but she does flip it up and toss it around and she’ll chew on it. She knows that toy is hers and where it belongs (i.e., not on the coffee table or my desk).

Where to buy The Mighty Finn

Publisher Hen House Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Finn-Holly-Bargo-ebook/dp/B00X8YFTN8

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world which is where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.
When she’s not working on other people’s documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper … er … computer. If she doesn’t, there’s a definite possibility her mind will explode.
And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it’s quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand new pager.
But that’s another story.
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Blog https://www.henhousepublishing.com/eggs-the-hen-house-blog
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Mike from The Cat's out of the Bag by Cynthia Terelst @CynthiaTerelst @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsCynthia Terelst, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

The Cat’s Out of the Bag by Cynthia Terelst

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

One van. Two hearts. Thousands of kilometres.

Jesse’s a self-made billionaire who yearns to get away from his empty life and the money-hungry parasites who inhabit it. The plan? Go to Australia, tell no one about his money and find himself. Instead of finding just himself, he finds Evie, who is everything anyone should aspire to be. Now, what he aspires to be, is hers. But to be hers, he needs to tell her everything.

Evie has left her past behind. She has rebuilt herself, and her life, into one of happiness. After she meets Jesse, while volunteering at a cat shelter, memories of her past filter back in. She is stronger now and wants to trust him. But after all she has been through, is trust even possible?

The quest to find a cat a forever home leads them to travel across the country together. Can the close quarters drive them to open up to each other? Or will it drive them apart?

Meet Mike from The Cat’s Out of the Bag

Full name: Mike

Nickname: Mike

Gender: M

Species: Feline

Physical description: Domestic Shorthair, ginger, light green eyes

Relationship to main character: Lives at the cat shelter where the Evie volunteers

Where this furbaby came from: he was lost, a family found him in their backyard and surrendered him to the cat shelter. His was not microchipped, which meant his owners could not be contacted. His owners never came to find him.

Do you have any working or service animals in your stories? Tell us about them.

No

What inspired you to create this character?

I volunteer as a foster carer for a local cat rescue. There are a few cats which are difficult to adopt – black cats and older cats. I wanted to write about an older cat to show people how sweet and intuitive they are.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

Evie and Jesse both adore Mike. Jesse is drawn to Mike as soon as he meets him, showing how kind Jesse is.

What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?

N/A

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

Both Evie and Jesse enjoy spending time with Mike. When Evie introduces Jesse to Mike, she does it with affection. Mike is old, partly deaf and very wise. Evie and Jesse go to him at separate times to talk over their feelings. He might be partly deaf but he is a good listener and knows what’s going on.

What does this furbaby eat?

The cats at the shelter eat good quality dry food and fresh meat. The chewing action required for the cats to eat fresh meat helps keep their teeth clean and healthy.

What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?

Mike has lived at the cat shelter for a year, waiting patiently for his forever home. He lives in a large enclosure with several other cats. They have cat scratch posts, toys to play with and hammocks to sleep in.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

Even though Mike can’t talk he offers the best advice. He helps bring Evie and Jesse together. Not to mention, he has an awesome personality.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

He is gentle and intuitive.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.

If Mike had the ability to roll his eyes he definitely would.

About Kimmy and Possum

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Mike from The Cat's out of the Bag by Cynthia Terelst @CynthiaTerelst @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsThis post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.

I have two cats, Kimmy and Possum. I have had up to five foster kittens in my home at one time. That was a lot of hard work, I prefer two to three.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

Mike reminds me of Kimmy who is also old. She waits patiently for her food. She sits and waits until it is served. Possum, on the other hand, demands her food and is in your face until she gets it.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

Sleep, usually. When I have foster kittens, they like to be close, sometimes walking over the keyboard or using it as a pillow.

What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?

Probably hermit crabs. Once we left our dog inside with them while we said goodbye to guests. When we came back in, she had one of them in her mouth. She let it go, but it died a few days after.

Where did you find your pet?

Kimmy came from a local refuge and Possum was a foster fail through a local rescue.

What do you feed your pet?

Good quality dry food and fresh meat. It can get quite expensive when foster kittens are in the house. They eat like teenage boys.

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Kimmy loves soft toys; she carries them around the house. Possum is not into toys; she is more food and pat orientated.

Where to buy The Cat’s out of the Bag

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cats-out-Bag-billionaire-international-ebook/dp/B07ZC2Y2PG

Cynthia Terelst Social Media

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.

She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.

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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

Fraser Coast Cat Rescue

Mission

To set up a successful fostering unit in Hervey Bay and Maryborough eventually extending to cover the Fraser Coast Region. Our dream is to also set up a regular desexing system to make it an affordable option for all Cat owners. Ultimately we would also like to set up a feral cat catch, desex, release and monitor programme to reduce the feral colonies around our towns.

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